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BOOKS

  • One of Amazon.com science editors' Top 10 list for Science, Best for 2009

  • One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2009

A reader wrote  that almost every solution in this book is wrong.  After an initial moment of panic I took this as a compliment to my ability to convince that what's right is wrong, and what's wrong is right. Let me explain.  In this book of physical paradoxes I sometimes "prove" something that sounds quite obvious at the outset, but then show why the "proof", along with the statement,  was wrong, and that something quite different is in fact true. Quite a few people were actually convinced by the fake proofs at first, until reading the debunking. But to at least one reader my fake arguments were a little too convincing -- or the correct ones were not convincing enough...

“It is hard to imagine a more original and insightful approach to classical mechanics. Most physicists would regard this as a well-worn and settled subject. But Mark Levi’s treatment sparkles with freshness, in the many examples he treats and his unexpected analogies, as well as the new approach he brings to the principles. This is inspired pedagogy at the highest level.”  -- Sir Michael Berry, Wolf Prize in Physics, Lorentz Medal